Starting in 2008, two of my neighbors, Dave Keeler and Kevin Marquardt, had the idea to gather the local kids from the surrounding blocks of Wrigleyville, provide a bunch of crepe paper streamers and mini U.S. flags, grab a snare drum and march down Southport to kick off the 4th of July celebration. All the families with kids were up early anyway, looking for something to do before heading out for cookouts and fireworks. As time went on, like all great events, it grew and grew and eventually needed a title sponsor to hand out FREE t-shirts: DOGGERJOGGER! So the 2014 Grassroots Bike Parade was a spectacular tribute to 1776, the brave signers of the Declaration and all things American! Happy 248th, USA!